March 27, 2023

Waterloo Region will be hosting the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) from today through Dec. 18.

Ten films will be screened across Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, in eight different theatres, as part of a celebration for International Migrants Day.

In Salaam B’Y, A young Muslim Newfoundlander returns to his home province to share a message of hope with in a time of great economic uncertainty.

Launched by the International Organization for Migration to celebrate International Migrants Day on Dec. 18, the GMFF features new films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and shows the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities,” said a news release.

The full schedule for the GMFF is as follows:

  • Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Wilfrid Laurier University – Bricker Academic Building (Room 102), Waterloo, The Merger. Hosted By: Canadian International Council Waterloo Region Chapter and Laurier International.
  • Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Homestories: Three Siblings and A War. Host: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
  • Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., Idea Exchange Clemens Mill, Cambridge, Not Just Football. Host: Idea Exchange.
  • Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, The Kitchen of Las Patronas. Host: International Migration Research Centre.
  • Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Chaplin Family YMCA, Cambridge, On the Same Boat. Hosts: City of Cambridge and YMCA’S of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo.
  • Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Queen St. Commons Cafe, Kitchener, Bushfallers. Hosts: Social Development Centre, Commons Studio, and the Working Centre.
  • Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., Idea Exchange Old Post Office, Cambridge, The Kitchen of Las Patronas. Host: Idea Exchange.
  • Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, A Thousand Girls Like Me. Hosts: City of Cambridge, YWCA of Cambridge and Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.
  • Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts. Host: Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
  • Dec. 18, 6 p.m., Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, Kitchener, Abu Adnan. Hosts: City of Kitchener and Belong Steering Group.
  • Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, Kitchener, Salaam B’Y. Hosts: City of Kitchener and Belong Steering Group.

Admission to all of the films is free and the screenings are open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to join post-screening discussions. Non-English films will feature English subtitles.

For more info about the films being screened, make sure to check out the official Immigration Waterloo Region website. 

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